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Nelson Otto Sebastian

November 2, 1934 ~ January 19, 2020 (age 85)


Nelson O. Sebastian, 85, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Tilsit, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born November 2, 1934, in Whitewater, Missouri, to Hugo and Amanda Fluegge Sebastian. He was a longtime, faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit, having been baptized and confirmed there.  He was a 1952 graduate of Jackson High School. Nelson served honorably in the U.S. Navy from March 29, 1956, to December 9, 1957. The family farmed many years near Tilsit, and Nelson also worked over 30 years as service manager at Jackson Implement Company.

Nelson and Elvira Ahrens were married June 27, 1954. Three children were born to their union: Mike (Beverly) Sebastian of Brentwood, Tennessee; Debbie (Mike) Weiss of Seguin, Texas; and Susan (David) Lowes of Jackson. He was also blessed with four grandchildren: Rachel Lowes O'Brien and husband Brandon; Samuel Lowes; Elizabeth Weiss Green and husband Zach; and Jarrett (Schuyler) Weiss. Also surviving are a brother, Freeman (Shirley) Sebastian of Jackson; a sister, Jean (Mike) Eftink of Wappapello, Missouri; and a sister-in-law, Clara (the late Leonard) Ahrens of Tilsit.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three brothers, Norman (Marie) Sebastian, Elmer (Nina) Sebastian, and Walter Sebastian; a sister, Esther L. (Hubert) Devenport; and asister-in-law, Luella (Roland G.) Stadt.

He is affectionately remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to service time, Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit.

The funeral is at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the church, with the Rev. Mark Boettcher officiating.

Committal service is at 3 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Lutheran Church (Tilsit).

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Nelson's obituary page at

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January 23, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tilsit, Mo
496 State Highway F
Tilsit, MO 63755

Funeral Service
January 23, 2020

11:00 AM
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tilsit, Mo
496 State Highway F
Tilsit, MO 63755

Committal and Military Rites
January 23, 2020

3:00 PM
Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield
17357 Stars and Stripes Way
Bloomfield, MO 63825

Please note
Rev. Mark Boettcher officiating.


Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Tilsit)
496 State Hwy. F, Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-204-4700

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